9781403968258

Nietzsche's Dancers Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-02-05
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

The Flight from Desire revises our understanding of love in literary texts from the high and late Middle Ages. Starting from the traditions of Augustine and Ovid, it traces the interplay of medieval theories about love with the unruly and uncontainable workings of desire. Individual chapters offer fresh readings of the letters of Abelard and Heloise, the Lais of Marie de France, the Roman de la Rose, Dante's Vita nuova, and the Troilus story told by Boccaccio and Chaucer. In these works, desire powerfully affects ideas of selfhood and social identity, the terms of moral judgment, and even the role of authorship.

Author Biography

Kimerer LaMothe was Professor of Religion, Harvard University, and is a dancer, choreographer, and independent scholar of religion and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii
Preface ix
Introduction: Reading Nietzsche's Images of Dance 1(18)
Part I Friedrich Nietzsche
First Steps
19(28)
Free Spirits
47(30)
Loving Life
77(30)
Part II Isadora Duncan
A Dionysian Artist
107(20)
Incarnating Faith
127(24)
Part III Martha Graham
An Affirmation of Life
151(20)
Athletes of God
171(20)
Words to Dance
191(28)
Conclusion: Another Ideal 219(14)
Notes 233(22)
Bibliography 255(10)
Index 265

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